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The Benefits of Rooftop HVAC Units for Businesses

June 11th, 2018

air conditioning installation on rooftopCommercial HVAC systems are designed, and function, differently than residential systems in a variety of ways. After all, they’re tasked with cooling more space than the average home, in most cases. Most commercial spaces also have unique cooling needs. For instance, you may need to keep computer systems or other important equipment from overheating. Overall, commercial HVAC systems require specialized care and attention, which is why it’s vital that you use a professionally trained Leesburg, VA, HVAC contractor.

Our team often recommends rooftop commercial HVAC systems for businesses. These systems are comprised of multiple modular units placed on top of your commercial space. It may seem odd to put these outdoor units in a space where they’ll be constantly exposed to the blazing sun. However commercial systems are designed to handle such weather, and in return they off a number of benefits, which we’ve highlighted below.

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How to Help Your Plumbing System Last Longer

May 28th, 2018

plumber working on plumbing system under sinkThe plumbing system of your home is an expansive and complex network of appliances and fixtures, all linked up with yards of pipes. It’s one of those systems that you probably take for granted, but you definitely notice when something goes wrong with it, (Drain clog, anyone?)

There are, however, a variety of things you can do to ensure that your plumbing system serves you well for the years to come. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your plumbing system in good condition for as long as possible.

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Don’t Believe This Refrigerant Myth

May 14th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundHave you ever hired a handyman or amateur HVAC technician to conduct maintenance on your air conditioner, only to have them tell you that your refrigerant has lost its charge and will need to be refilled every year? If so, unfortunately you’re dealing with either a dishonest or misinformed professional.

This is one of the biggest Fairfax, VA, air conditioning repair myths out there—that refrigerant is something that “runs out” and it must be replaced (recharged) every year during your maintenance session. On the contrary, your HVAC systems are supplied with enough refrigerant during installation to ideally last their entire lifespan. So what does this mean? This means that if your system is losing refrigerant, you have a leak—and that leak must be found and repaired.

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Follow These Tips to Prevent Plumbing Problems

April 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itIt can be difficult to keep your plumbing system in good shape over the years. After all, it’s mostly hidden from view, and most of the problems that can develop with your plumbing system won’t give off any warning signs unless they’ve been around for a while already.

Your pipes won’t last forever, even under the best circumstances. If you follow the tips below, however, you can at least ensure that they will last as long as possible. And remember, when you do need assistance, you needn’t look any further than our team to find a highly trained, professional plumber in Fairfax, VA.

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It’s That Time of Year: Schedule Your AC Tune-Up Today

April 16th, 2018

technician working on air conditionerSpringtime marks a shift in the weather as cooler temperatures slowly but surely dissipate and the heat of summer draws closer. Right now is the best time to arrange for your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance appointment—or biannual if you have a heat pump system. There are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining your Leesberg HVAC system, such as changing the air filter and making sure your outdoor unit and vents are unobstructed.

However, if you want to truly make a difference in the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner, then you need professional maintenance done by trained HVAC technicians. Only an experienced professional can handle the various tasks involved with this service, such as inspecting motors and electrical connections, and cleaning coils and all other moving parts. You can count on our technicians to provide your air conditioner with top quality maintenance!

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Consider Your Options in the Search for a New Heater

April 2nd, 2018

animated checklistIn our previous post, we talked about how the end of winter is no time to ignore heater repairs. Doing so can allow them to worsen to the point you may even be stuck with a broken down heater next fall. Of course, there’s also the chance that you’ll find your aging heater can’t take any more repairs, and that it’s actually time for Sterling, VA heating replacement, instead.

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The End of Winter Is No Time to Ignore Heater Repairs!

March 19th, 2018

technicians gloved hands repairing heaterTemperatures in our neck of the woods are still chilly enough for homeowners to be using their heaters on a regular basis. But spring will be here soon enough, and the warm weather that comes with it can hit hard. You’ll find yourself switching from using your heater to using your AC system regularly in the blink of an eye.

This makes now the perfect time to consider if you have any Sterling, VA heating repair needs that you should take care of as we reach the official end of winter. Sure, air conditioning maintenance is certainly something to think about and get on your schedule right away, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your heater, no matter how late in the heating season it is.

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No, Your Pipes Shouldn’t Be Knocking

March 5th, 2018

two copper pipes running parallel to each otherHave you ever been drifting off to sleep only to have the quiet interrupted by a soft but persistent knocking sound that seems to be coming from your walls? Don’t worry—your house isn’t haunted … probably. But that doesn’t mean this is a problem to be ignored, though it may seem easy to do so at first. The thing is, this noise will grow with each night until it will eventually start keeping you awake. At least, this is the case with knocking pipes.

If you suspect you have knocking pipes, it’s important to get a Waterford, VA plumber in to do a thorough check of your plumbing system. Addressing problems as soon as they arise is essential to preventing larger emergencies later on down the line. But why would your pipes experience this phenomenon in the first place?

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Why Do You Need a Plumbing Pro to Install Gas Lines?

February 19th, 2018

female homeowner greeting plumber at front doorWe’re betting that when you hear the term “professional plumber” you probably don’t imagine someone who can install and service gas lines. After all, plumbers are those who work with piping that carries water and sewage right? Services include things like repairing faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, and installing new Sterling, VA plumbing fixtures.

That’s all true, but yes, plumbing professionals also install and service gas lines. In fact, this is a very important part of our job, and one you should only trust to highly trained and experienced plumbers such as our team. You can rely on us to handle any gas piping job, big or small.

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Hydro-Jetting: The Answer to Stubborn Clogs

February 5th, 2018

woman showing plumber what's wrong with her drain pipeWe want to start this off by saying, even if your drain clog isn’t “stubborn,” it’s never a good idea to use store-bought liquid drain cleaners to resolve the issue. Sure, you’ve probably used it in the past and had “success,” but that success may have meant relieving the clog for a few months until it came back again—and you had to buy more drain cleaner!

In fact, some of these store-bought solutions even state in the instructions that you may have to use them again. That’s because they don’t actually remove the clog. They break through it so water flow gets back to an acceptable level for a while. But then the clog builds back up. What’s worse, these solutions contain corrosive chemicals, and persistent use is going to lead to Sterling, VA plumbing problems down the line.

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